Regional Meeting (Melbourne 2016)

AAIR is proud to announce that it is hosting its first regional dinner meeting in Melbourne in March. We invite you to come along, enjoy a meal and great company, listen to a speaker renowned in the higher ed space, and network the night away!


In recent decades Institutional Research in Australia has played an increasingly substantial role in understanding and developing a sector of growing significance to individuals, institutions and the nation overall. Australian experts continue to pioneer practices and techniques adopted by institutions and governments around the world.

The need for high-quality IR continues to grow and is now greater than ever. Institutional researchers must innovate and adapt along with broader changes in tertiary economies, technologies and methodologies.

This talk begins be reviewing the history of IR in Australia over the last few decades as a means of identifying the contexts and ideas which have shaped key innovations. Moving to the present, I will review trends shaping contemporary opportunities and challenges for IR. From these analyses, I forecast key areas in need of development, and key challenges and opportunities specific to each area and IR in Australia more generally.


  • Date: Wednesday 16 March 2016
  • Time: 6pm (doors open) til 10pm
  • Venue: CQ Functions, Melbourne CBD
  • Tickets*: $45 (AAIR members); $55 + booking fee (non-members)

* Ticket price includes buffet dinner, drink voucher and presentation.


Professor Hamish Coates, PhD
Professor of Higher Education
Centre for the Study of Higher Education
The University of Melbourne
Victoria, 3010, Australia
+61 423 475 605

Presenter Biography

Hamish Coates is a Professor of Higher Education at the Centre for the Study of Higher Education (CSHE), University of Melbourne. He was Founding Director of Higher Education Research at the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) from 2006 to 2013, and between 2010 and 2013 also Program Director at the LH Martin Institute for Tertiary Leadership and Management.

With a background in psychometrics and political theory, Hamish completed his PhD in 2005 at the University of Melbourne, and subsequent executive training at INSEAD and MBS. Through research and development Hamish focuses on improving the quality and productivity of higher education.

Core interests include large-scale evaluation, tertiary education policy, institutional strategy, assessment methodology, learner engagement, and academic work and leadership. He has initiated and led many projects, including numerous national and international surveys. In terms of national work involving hundreds of tertiary organisations, he has redesigned the GDS, designed the AUSSE and UES/SES, developed the CEQ, and led the first five-year-out study of bachelor degree graduates. He has worked in 50 counties and was Founding International Director of OECD’s Assessment of Higher Education Learning Outcomes (AHELO).

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